Win a free West Dean Taster Day at the Country Living Spring Fair 20-24 March

Listed on February 27, 2013 in Member News

ARCA member West Dean College, sponsors of the ‘Best Craftsperson’ category of the Country Living Kitchen Table Talent Awards, will be making its debut at this year’s Country Living Spring Fair at the Business Design Centre, London from 20 – 24 March.  Situated near Chichester, West Sussex, West Dean is renowned for its art and craft short courses and full-time programmes in conservation and visual arts.  Some of West Dean’s top tutors will be giving art and craft demos providing a unique ‘window’ into what goes on at West Dean. Each day West Dean will be giving away a free ‘Taster Day’ (which take place between May – October) in a special prize draw (pick up your voucher in the show guide catalogue, fill it in and bring it to Stand E26).

West Dean’s Taster Days run from May to October and there are 34 different subjects to choose from.  From botanical painting, stained glass, crochet and willow basketmaking to this year’s new Taster Days which include enamelled silver earrings or cufflinks, dynamic life drawing, upcyling hats and making stitched fabric bracelets.

Prices start at £88 which includes all specialist materials, lunch, tea and coffee.  All Taster Days run from 10am – 5pm and are suitable for complete beginners.

Win a free West Dean Taster Day at the Country Living Spring Fair 20-24 March

Jo Butcher, winner of the 2011 Country Living Kitchen Table Talent Awards, Best Craftsperson, sponsored by West Dean, is a self-employed embroidery artist and will also be at the show on Stand M66.  Visit the website to find out more about her:

 West Dean tutor demonstrations

 Wednesday 20 March

10.30am – 12.30pm  – Carol Blackburn (polymer clay)

2 – 4pm – Sarah Cant (millinery)

6 – 9pm   GALA SESSION Ruth de Fraga Gomes (lampshades)


Thursday 21 March

10.30am – 12.30pm – Nic Webb (greenwood spoon carving)

2 – 4pm – Alison Evans (ring link jewellery)

Friday 22 March

10.30am – 12.30pm –  Philip Sanderson (tapestry weaving)

2 – 4pm – Paul Cox (painting/sketching people)

Saturday 23 March

10.30am – 12.30pm  – Fleur Oakes (embroidery, buttons and brooches)

2 – 4pm  – Lorna Calcutt (painting ceramics)

Sunday 24 March

10.30am – 3pm – Matthew Read (making clocks)

For further information or to book a course, please visit, e-mail or call 0844 4994408